TCTA annually presents 13 statewide awards to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to public education, the teaching profession or to TCTA during the past year. The 2012-13 winners were honored at a banquet at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Jan. 24, 2013, as part of the association's annual convention. (Friend of Education winners were honored during the convention's opening session on Jan. 25.) The winners are ...

Friend of Education

Texas State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, photoPublic Official

Pastor Mark Lang, Lubbock Dream Center, photoPrivate Citizen

Pastor Mark Lang, Lubbock Dream Center

Administrator of the Year

Dr. Catherine Bridges, TCTA 2012-13 Adminstrator of the Year (Elementary)


Dr. Catherine Bridges, principal, Juan Seguin Elementary School, Grand Prairie ISD
Flo Touchstone, TCTA 2012-13 Adminstrator of the Year (Middle/Secondary)


Flo Touchstone, principal, Evans Middle School, Lubbock ISD

Central Office

Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent, Clear Creek ISD



School Board Trustee of the Year

Javier Farias, member, McAllen ISD Board of Trustees

Retiree of the Year

Pam Allison, former music teacher, Honey Elementary School, Lubbock ISD

Faculty Representative of the Year

Tina Briley, reading specialist, Greenwood Elementary School, Greenwood ISD

Leader of the Year

Anita Evans, 3rd grade teacher, Waters Elementary School, Lubbock ISD

Innovator of the Year

Corina Flores, bilingual kindergarten teacher, Pease Communication & Technology Academy, Midland ISD

Silver Apple Media Awards

Print, circulation of less than 50,000

Meredith Moriak, education reporter, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Print, circulation of more than 50,000

Francisco Vara-Orta, reporter, San Antonio Express-News


Broadcast (radio and television)

Mycah Glover, energy reporter, KMID Big 2 (ABC) Midland